And the answer is probably not, on my recent quest to become more health conscious and live a healthier lifestyle I’ve recently been looking into dietary supplements (some may find boring but if it makes you feel better then why not give it a go) vitamin D is mainly gained in two ways:
– exposure to the sun
– taking vitamin D supplements
Unbeknown to me and most of the general public, the amount of vitamin D you receive from your diet is relatively low and you cannot get the right amount just from your diet! There is only a handful of foods that contain vitamin d (fatty fish, egg yolk, beef liver and fortified cereals, milk and orange juice) but even they only contain a low amount of vitamin d.
Exposure to the sun is the main way in which people gain vitamin d but if like me you live in a country that doesn’t have that much sunlight you may find you have a deficiency in vitamin d. The more you expose your skin the more vitamin d it will produce, the body can produce between 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin d in the amount of time it takes for the skin to start burning (obviously you don’t want the skin to burn and you should always restrict the amount of time spent in the sun, ALWAYS wear sunscreen!)
The recommended amount of vitamin d for adults is 5,000 IU per day, it doesn’t matter what form of vitamin d you take or what time you take it! The best supplement is vitamin D3! This is what is made naturally via the sun!
*you can exceed the recommend limit but vitamin d is fat- soluble thus your body has a hard time getting rid of it*
Well there you have it! I’ve only recently started taking vitamin D tablets but I will do a follow up post on if I have noticed a visible change from taking them shortly! I hope I’ve expanded your knowledge on vitamin d slightly more!